Trauma, Empathy and Culture: How Do We Interpret Cults? (Midsommar Commentary guest starring Stella!)

Stella introduces the guys to Ari Aster’s sophomore horror follow-up to the popular Hereditary: Midsommar starring Florence Pugh. Along the viewing journey, several disturbing scenes are flanked by questions of faith and community. How are we trained to interpret different cultures and customs?

To listen to the commentary, click here!

To listen to the post-film discussion, click here!

Topics discussed include:

Is this empathy?

Is this a Cosmic Being?

Is this a toolbag?

Is this a healthy sense of self-preservation?

Representation of Religion

Music Included: “The Boat I Row” by Tame Impala

Further Reading:

Double Toasted Midsommar Review

Chris Stuckmann Midsommar Review

Christian Nationalist Parody

Sister Sandra Smithson Obituary

Father Joseph Breen Obituary

This Was the Decade Horror Got “Elevated”


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